Jonny Bass's Story
Jonny Bass, from Hampshire, is a Craftsman Gardener at the Mottisfont Abbey Rose Garden, which houses a world-famous collection of pre-1900 shrub roses, as well as many hundreds of other varieties of heritage roses.
His Fellowship took him to New Zealand and the USA, early in 2014, in order to work with roses at two completely different stages of their annual cycle, in one study trip.
Jonny visited both private collections and public gardens: working at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, when the heritage rose was in peak bloom; as well as in Sacramento, where one of the largest collections of heritage roses has been established, and at Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, where winter pruning was well underway. The aim of his Fellowship was to gain a wider set of skills and techniques that are used for the care of heritage roses, such as methods of disease control and possible ways to cultivate historically ‘hard to grow’ varieties.
Following his Fellowship, Jonny has become a great authority on the Heritage Rose in the UK. His findings have begun to be shared, not only with Mottisfont Abbey, but with over 200 historic gardens within The National Trust.